Department of Transportation extends studded tire deadline
March 22, 2012
NEW — 8 a.m. March 22, 2012
The state Department of Transportation extended the studded tire removal deadline to April 16 in preparation for possible wintry conditions during the Easter holiday weekend.
In Washington, studded tires can be legally used between Nov. 1 and March 31, unless the state extends the removal deadline. Violators face a $124 penalty during other months.
The state transportation agency recommends motorists headed into higher elevations carry chains and use approved traction tires year round.
“This year, we have a combination of winter weather still in the forecast for much of the state,” Chris Christopher, director of maintenance operations, said in a statement. “With spring break and Easter right around the corner, we wanted to give drivers the chance to travel before having to take off their studded tires.”
Officials do not expect to extend the deadline beyond April 16.
“Our crews will still be out working, but we need drivers to check the forecast, carry chains and drive for conditions,” Christopher said. “Close to 100 inches of snow came down on Snoqualmie Pass between March 15 and April 15 last year, and drivers can expect to see snow in the mountains well into May.”